Southern part of Iceland
Two days adventure
Sunrise: 7:34 am
Sunset: 5:47 pm
Pre-Wedding trip with Winnie & Charles in Iceland
Oh boy! From where should I start? This private Ice Cave tour in Iceland with Winnie and Charles in part of their engagement trip to Iceland was one to remember forever. After wandering around for a day in a snow storm with two cars and heading to our accommodation, one of our cars got stuck in the snow. We needed the rescue team! Luckily a rescue team helped out from the snow and we were able to continue. The roads got closed right after we got out and we were able to continue. The road conditions in winter can be a huge challenge. We had to reschedule our visit to the caves though because of the extreme winds and snow but we arranged a new trip with the monster truck and we were extremely lucky to be greeted the most gorgeous winter day while we were in the caves the next early morning.
The best caves are about 5-6 hours of driving from Reykjavik (more in the winter), so at least two days are needed to get there and back. Before you get there you are able to visit the most gorgeous landscapes in Iceland along the shore line in the south. There are countless of waterfalls, lava fields, caves and just breathtaking places to explore. On my list there are many places like this and as a guide I'll try to avoid the touristic places as much as possible. So the couple will get the most private tour ever and enjoy the beauty of Iceland just for us.
Be ready for the most adventurous trip of your lifetime!
Unique Ice Caves in Iceland
The ice caves in Iceland are a unique, natural phenomenon. They form deep inside the glaciers and extend to the bottom of the glacier tongue, which is below sea level. The ice caves are accessible only by certified glacier guides and can be explored from mid-October to mid-April, when they're stable enough for tourists to enter. In fact, half of all visits to Iceland each year include tours of the ice caves.
Ice caves are formed when water freezes on the surface of a glacier. And yes, we've got more than our fair share of them here in Iceland. The glaciers on Vatnajökull actually span three countries—Iceland, Norway and Greenland—and although they are similar in appearance, there are key differences between them.
The most important one is that ice caves only form in Iceland during winter months because of our extreme weather conditions which have been caused by global warming! These unique creations can be found at Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón lagoon (the latter being home to those amazing ice sculptures). Ice cave tours run throughout the year with special access granted around April when it's still too cold for tourists but melting has begun to take affect; this allows visitors to see what remains of an incredible natural phenomenon before it disappears completely!
Postponed trip after the pandemic
We started planning this trip over 2 years ago. Back in December, 2019. We were planning our trip to Iceland in March of 2020. We thought it would be amazing if we also took our pre-wedding photos in Iceland. This is how we found Mait.
We planned a two week road trip around the ring road and have Mait joined us for part of the trip. Everything was booked and ready to go. Then the pandemic happened. Due to all the uncertainty regarding travel, the virus, and borders locking down around the world, we decided to delay the trip for everyone’s safety. We were disappointed and sad at the time because we really looked forward to visiting Iceland for the very first time.
Two years since our original departure date, we finally departed for Iceland in February 2022. We spent the first 3 days with Mait before we continued on to complete the whole ring road. During our time in Iceland, we experienced howling wind, heavy snow storms, road closure, etc. We even got our rental car stuck in deep snow. Thankfully, Mait was with us at the time, we were able to find a local Icelander who has a monster truck and were able to pull us out and get us to safety. It was definitely an adventure that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Everything we saw and experienced in Iceland was amazing. From the epic landscapes, the majestic horses, to the delicious food and the very hospitable Icelandic people, it was a unique and beautiful country. Even with the occasional bad weather, we still think that it is well worth the effort to see this country. We are already thinking about when we can visit Iceland again. Perhaps in a different season than Winter. We are so glad that Mait was able to capture some amazing photos for us. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do.